Mission and Evangelisation
The term 'evangelization' was introduced into the theological vocabulary of the Roman Catholic at the Second Vatican Council (1963-65) as part of its understanding of itself and its mission. In his classic text Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI explored the...
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The term 'evangelization' was introduced into the theological vocabulary of the Roman Catholic at the Second Vatican Council (1963-65) as part of its understanding of itself and its mission. In his classic text Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI explored the nature of evangelization: 'if it has to be expressed in one sentence the best way of stating it would be to say that the Church evangelizes when she seeks to convert, solely through the Divine Power of the Message she proclaims, both personal and collective consciences of people, the activities in which they engage, and the lives and the concrete milieux which are theirs.' (EN. 18)
Eight Cardinals each give papers on the key themes for the modern world: mission and evangelization. They are better placed than most to give good reasons for missionary enterprise to find a new validity and purpose.Traditionally, mission was about Western people bringing the truth to "less fortunate" people. But now white people in the Roman Catholic Church constitute a minority and the fastest-growing areas of population for the Catholic Church are South America and most particularly the African continent. The whole theory and theology of mission has to be rethought and this is one of the greatest challenges that the Roman Catholic Church has to face.
Hayes is Head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St. Mary's College--University of Surrey.
- Community And Humanity - Cardinal Napier (durban); Mission Today And Tomorrow - Cardinal Mccarrick (washington Dc); Church In Society - Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'connor (westminster); Mission And Evangelisation In A Communist Prison - Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan (vietnam And Rome); The Urgency Of Proclamation - Cardinal Arinze (rome); Good News For The Young - Cardinal Connell (dublin); Annunciation And Dialogue - Cardinal Puljic (sarajevo); A Spirituality Of Communion - Cardinal Stafford (rome); The Place Of Catholic Schools - Cardinal Daly (armagh)